Call me a flip flopper but I am going back to compacting. I haven't felt right since I stopped, and I have sensed a relaxation of my less consumerist behaviors. I have found myself flicking through Pottery Barn catalogs and wanting stuff. I wasn't doing this before, I wasn't looking and I felt better about myself.
We are on a much stricter than usual budget right now after Kendra's mammoth party,(who isn't), and the last thing I need is to decide that I have to have something pricey and unnecessary. So, I am taking the plunge and going used for six months. I will reuse my old pledge and add an exception for slip covers for the sofas. I am not house vain at all but our others have holes in and look pretty bad. The ideal ones don't need to be expensive or pretty, but they do need to cover the cushions so that stuffing doesn't come out.
I will be compacting for six months and will re evaluate after that time. Here again is my pledge.
I will do my very best to not purchase anything new for the next six months with the following exceptions:
Slipcovers for our sofas if and when I find some that are cheap and cheerful. If I can find some secondhand that would be better. Food, drinks, and certain other obvious necessities such as toiletries, medicines etc Shoes for the girls Underwear and swimwear for us all Gifts, although I will make every attempt to either make them, (!!) or purchase them from local, small, and independent stores to support small business and craftpersons. Within reason certain DIY stuff such as paints etc, although I will make every attempt to salvage, and obtain raw materials for projects as much as possible Seeds and plants for the yard, although again I will attempt to seed and plant share as much as possible Certain garden supplies if I absolutely need them We will not eat at any chain restaurants or fast food outlets
Anything else I find I really need to buy will be obtained second hand from thrift and consignment stores, Craigs List, Freecycle etc.